My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young. Psalm 84:1-2
Yearn ~ To long persistently, to feel tenderness
Oh Lord, I can see how so many have grown desperate and are driven to do irrational and desperate things without You as their hope. They don’t know that You can be their Father, that they can be a son or daughter of promise. They don’t know what could await them as a beloved child who comes home to Your presence.
I long for life with You. Not just internal life, but external life. This world groans for Your touch, to know the wholeness of the Eden You created. No animal will fear for its life or the lives of its young. Birds will build nests without a second thought for their young’s safety. Children will play on the expanse of green meadows without fear of assault or kidnapping. Anyone will nap under a tree without having to guard their belongings.
No relationship will be treacherous. No one will betray another. The most sensitive secrets will be shared without fear of judgment or rejection. There will be no conflict about expressing an unfailing love for You. All will worship. All will call You, ‘Lord’.
The worse this world gets, the more my soul yearns for You. While I ache, even weep, for the brokenness around me, I don’t despair. I enjoy being a secure child who longs to come home. You’re building a place for me and nothing threatens my future with You.
Today, I will see hundreds of signs that point to this earth’s corruption. Litter, vile graffiti, bars over windows, airport security, dirty politics, broken relationships, and the ever frustrating battle within myself between my soul and my spirit. If I don’t live in the hope of living in Your courts, I will surely lose my way. My joy is in You and in the good news of Your Gospel. Amen